Category: General

Why Young Talents Quit Football and How to Convince Them to Stay

It is well known that most successful football players start playing the game at a very young age. However, only a handful of those who start practicing as kids actually make it to the professional level once they are adults. In Scotland, thousands of teenagers compete every year in the Scottish Youth Cup and other competitions. Over the years, those numbers dwindle significantly and many promising young players end up going down a different path. In this article, we summarize the main reasons why teenagers quit and find potential solutions to them. With some luck, parents and coaches will be ... Read more

Euro 2016 Qualifiers TV Schedule For U.S Soccer Fans

Using the Champions League as their template, UEFA have completely revamped the scheduling of qualifying matches for Euro 2016. For starters, the 10 rounds of qualifying matches are referred to as “Matchdays”. Each Matchday will consist of three consecutive calendar days of matches that, in the case of the upcoming Matchday 1, will take place from Sunday through to Tuesday. Secondly, the kickoff times are set at 18.00 and 20.45 CET. Its worth mentioning that it’s not only matches in Russia and Azerbaijan that will have the early kickoffs. The biggest change, however, is in the area of TV rights. ... Read more

Real Madrid’s 2014/15 Black Third Kit Reviewed: [PHOTOS]

The 2014/15 Real Madrid third kit, to be officially released on August 26, is eye-catching to say the least. This new alternate uniform was created specially by award-winning Japanese fashion designer, Yohji Yamamoto, and unsurprisingly, it looks nothing like your average football kit. The jersey, all black with white details, features two intertwined dragons sprawled across the torso. This motif – a symbol of power in some Asian cultures – is thought to be a tribute to Real’s Champions League-Copa del Rey double last season. This sleek number definitely bears the unmistakable mark of its designer. All three of Los ... Read more

Why Balotelli Is Worth The Gamble For Liverpool

Mario Balotelli looks set to become a Liverpool player, after a £16 million price was agreed with AC Milan. But can the Italy forward keep himself in the starting lineup and out of trouble? As a Liverpool supporter, news that that Liverpool had spoken to AC Milan over a possible loan deal made me optimistic that the player could have a big impact in Liverpool’s league finish. However, the big issue with Balotelli has always been his temperament; if he feels slighted, or if results begin to waver he will be the first to throw his hands in the air and ... Read more

5 Soccer Apps Reviewed for Smartphones and Tablets

Now that we’re on an international break, it’s perfect timing to take a look at five apps that soccer fans should consider in order to get their footy fix on the go. One is new yet nostalgic, one is revamped, two you may not even know about and one is a decent news source. These apps are sold through the iTunes Store, so check online for the latest version and prices. 20 Seasons Premier League IMG, the official distributor of the Premier League archives, has produced an app celebrating 20 years of the Premier League. For $3, this app lets ... Read more

After Being Burned Out On A Summer Of Soccer, the EPL Pulls Me Right Back In

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” -Michael Corleone This has been the endless summer of soccer. The opening rounds of Euro 2012 brought pulse-pounding games almost every day before culminating in Spain’s crowning. Soon after came the men’s and women’s Olympic football tournaments, ending with Mexico’s upset over Brazil and the U.S.’ revenge against Japan. The U.S.-Canada semi-final was the summer’s most entertaining match, complete with hard-edged physical play, a frenetic pace, and a dramatic ending that even the writers of “Air Bud 3: World Pup” would find unbelievable. And sprinkled throughout were exhibition ... Read more

Chelsea 2:3 Manchester City – League Champs Prevail

The excitement of a new season is merely days away, as the friendlies are nearly complete, and the Barclay’s Premier League season will kickoff on Saturday. Today, the yearly tradition of the Community Shield took place at Villa Park, displaced from Wembley Stadium due to the Olympic tournament. Manchester City took advantage of the ejection of Branislav Ivanovic by scoring 3 second half goals to claim victory 3-2 over the FA Cup Winners. 1st Half Roberto di Matteo started what looks to be a full strength lineup, except possibly for choosing David Luiz over Gary Cahill. Fernando Torres got the ... Read more